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Old 03-27-2017, 05:49 AM
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Hi,
Our club had the seasonal meeting this weekend. I wanted to pass along word so that some of us can spread the notice to others.

If you, a freind, family member, someone you know, uses the Mystic River boat ramp in Medford (Wellington) as of now, you will have NOWHERE to park your vehicle/trailer. The road leading down to the water is going to be marked off all FIRE LANE

The MBTA just fenced off that one dirt lot behind the yacht club that was being used to keep trailers parked.

This will be all year long, and probably NEXT year too...
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Please pass the word!
Old 03-27-2017, 07:45 AM
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ain't that special of them.


thanks for the info... luckily we are in a club now otherwise this would have ruined my summer.
Old 03-27-2017, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by ck_moniz View Post
ain't that special of them.


thanks for the info... luckily we are in a club now otherwise this would have ruined my summer.

yeah, I think its going to ruin alot of people's summer.

if we can get the word out, maybe a few others can save themselves the pain!
Old 03-28-2017, 04:27 AM
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I can just see a "T" tow truck driver hooking up to a truck/trailer combo and towing it away....

Was any reason given for the fencing off of the area? Absolutely nothing shows up on Google.....
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So local residents are basically making this a private ramp to be used to launch beginning then retrieve at the seasons end. Day use is unrealistic.
It's a shame because it's going to bite local business in the butt as all those things bought before hitting the ramp, gas, food, etc..., and restaurants hit afterward are going to another community now.
Got a hunch that well to do home owners living in the area made complaints and pushed this move. They are likely those with weekend / summer homes that aren't really from there.
Those that can really be called locals will be the ones hurt financially by this.
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Lt.mike View Post
So local residents are basically making this a private ramp to be used to launch beginning then retrieve at the seasons end. Day use is unrealistic.
It's a shame because it's going to bite local business in the butt as all those things bought before hitting the ramp, gas, food, etc..., and restaurants hit afterward are going to another community now.
Got a hunch that well to do home owners living in the area made complaints and pushed this move. They are likely those with weekend / summer homes that aren't really from there.
Those that can really be called locals will be the ones hurt financially by this.
Mike
Not many homeowners around this area. The ramp was ok. I used once or twice but you were at the mercy of the mystic river locks and then the Harbor no wake zone after that.Where that ramp is located the surrounding area is going to turn into a worse traffic nightmare once the casino is open.

The real problem is the access to the water or lack of access in the Boston area.
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I take the T out of there quite a bit and it looks like the MBTA is using it as a staging yard for rail repairs.
Old 03-28-2017, 12:22 PM
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Hi, club member here too. Yup, its been fenced off. Will sure to be an issue this summer. The T is reclaiming the land for a project. I think they need the land for trains being delivered.
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Originally Posted by BosNarr View Post
I take the T out of there quite a bit and it looks like the MBTA is using it as a staging yard for rail repairs.
We've seen that here too. One local ramp that once had unlimited parking is now good for about a dozen trailer vehicles as there is construction. Can't get mad as construction is in progress. Weekends in the summer is rough though because overflow parking is directed to a lot a 1/4 mile away.
Don't work to well for me.
If the ruling on parking is for rail repairs then it will likely return to normal afterward.
I hope that's the case for you guys.
Mike
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On the upside, if you are willing to spend a little more, Admirals Hill Marina just got quite the facelift and is just around the corner from here in Chelsea. Shoot me a pm for some more details. www.mybostonmarina.com
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Default Where to lauch and park for Boston Harbor??

Anyone have suggestions on where to launch a 20 footer and park the truck and boat trailer for the day now that Wellington is closed?? I come from the north down 93.
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Mystic Wellington was my main ramp, this sudden closing has really killed my boating this year. I've gone out 3 times so far, instead of the usual once per week. This ramp has it's flaws (mainly novices messing everything up) but it was free, had free parking, and had a dock so you could launch solo!

I've emailed the MBTA and they said the lot is closed indefinitely. I've emailed the DCR and they don't really give me any sort of response. They have plenty of land around there where they COULD whip up a temporary parking lot if they wanted. Or even a permanent one. Who knew that the lot behind there wasn't DCR property! Even the yacht club is on land leased from the DCR I believe?

Also people complain about the locks but I don't know why? You beep, they open, you're in and you're out. Takes no time at all, and they give your boat a nice fresh water flush before you pull it. It really was an ideal setup.

There are no good alternatives...

Last year I tried morressey blvd in dorchester. Its all wet boulders between baseball and basketball size, not really a "beach". And the wind makes it tough since you're right on the big bay. And it's a very gentle slope. I had my back bumper IN the ocean and i still had to push my boat to get it off the trailer. It's not very nice and I never went back. (Mystic was still open, I just went to check it out)

This year, I tried Pope's Landing in Danvers. Its nice and clean, and is the only boat ramp I've ever used in Massachusetts that has a LOGICAL layout. But it's not free. And it's a hike to get up to Danvers. And you're way up-river, and have to go for a long ways to get out into the ocean. Not nearly as nice a route as Mystic to Boston Harbor, then out to islands or up the charles. Speaking of....

This year I also tried the public ramp way up near Newton, on Nonantum Rd. Free, and it has parking.... but every single boat trailer parking space had a single car in it blocking. People in the boat club right next door do not respect the parking lot AT ALL. Also you're extremely far from the city (at 6mph) up there, it takes a LONG time to get down to where the action is. And it is not very well lit at all that far up. Launching at Mystic in Medford, you could go all the way down to the harbor, then up the Charles to the BU bridge and back, and the whole trip is lit by city lights, so you can do it any time of night.

I always read online that "there's a ramp behind the shrafts building". Today I checked that out. There was a sign saying "closed 8pm to 6am" on the gate to the ramp. It was 7:30pm. The gate was chained closed. And what's more, the ramp was in VERY bad shape! Massive potholes in the ancient chunks of concrete. You could really run into some problems there if you don't have 4 wheel drive AND a locking differential. Also no clue if or when it's actually open, I wanted to ask security but the security booth I was supposed to check in to was empty? So maybe you can launch there some times? And maybe they'll lock you out if it's after work or maybe they won't? Who knows? So I won't be use that place.

I also scoped out the ramp i Charlestown by the Tobin bridge. That place is super sketchy. Contrary to what other posts about it say on the internet, 100% of the lights are out. It is PITCH BLACK at night. And with city lights all around you, the glare makes it particularly hard to see ANYTHING at all. Beyond that, there's no dock, so you can't launch solo. No good place to board. The area in general seems really sketchy. And the entrance and exit to the place both have fences with gates, and no signs saying when they open or close, or IF they open or close. So again, maybe you put your boat in after work and by the time you get back, you're locked in? Also I've scoped it out in the afternoon and it is always DEAD. So none of that old Mystic Wellington traffic seems to be coming here. Which makes it seem even sketchier. I'm kind of afraid to use this one, but I may go for it next time since it puts you in about as good a spot as you can get. And i'll just hope my truck survives.

There's also a ramp in Winthrop. I think it's $5 or $10 per use. It's good if you have a bigger boat and waned to go into the open ocean anyway. My boat is a 15'er, I rarely go out to the islands. And going from the inner harbor, to Winthrop in the dark would be extremely sketchy in my boat. I've been out into the open space between Logan and the islands at night before, it's pretty intense in a 15' boat.


So back to mystic Wellington, I have seen a few boats being pulled there when I've ridden by on a bike. Which makes me think people may have found some place around to stash their trailers. But I looked and looked all over the area Wednesday evening and I could not find any boat trailers anywhere. Even across the bike intersection by Modells, nada.

So that's it. Those are all the options I know of. They all kind of suck. I guess I'll just "hope" that the MBTA gives us back the parking lot for next Summer. I have a feeling the DCR isn't going to do anything themselves about the parking situation. I mean shit, it took them 25 years to decide to allow mountain bikes on ONE trail in the Fells.

If the yacht club was smart, they'd sell parking passes to non members, and let them park in their fence. It's always empty until fall, and they'd make a fortune on all the regulars who want to use that ramp still.

Also if you know any secret parking spots nearby, shoot me a message!
Oh I've also thought about trying to drive into the parking garage with my trailer, and parking up at the top where I could take two spots. The rates aren't bad in that building. $3 for 3 hours, $4 for 4 hours.
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Originally Posted by Lt.mike View Post
So local residents are basically making this a private ramp to be used to launch beginning then retrieve at the seasons end. Day use is unrealistic.
It's a shame because it's going to bite local business in the butt as all those things bought before hitting the ramp, gas, food, etc..., and restaurants hit afterward are going to another community now.
Got a hunch that well to do home owners living in the area made complaints and pushed this move. They are likely those with weekend / summer homes that aren't really from there.
Those that can really be called locals will be the ones hurt financially by this.
Mike
Me thinks you've never been here? There are no homeowners around. And certainly no weekend/summer homes in Medford The river is lined with parkland almost entirely. I assumed and most probably assumed that the parking lot was owned by the same entity that owns the ramp. Who knew? Nobody, because boating in Massachusetts is a big huge secret. There's no place to get any information, you basically have to find someone that boats here already (or a forum) and ask them how everything works.
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Hey I'm at a the club. It's too bad they took that lot. I have talked to a few people who launched and brought their trailers over to the Wellington station lot then walked back across the catwalk. There are people launching but certainly not the traffic it once had.
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That really sucks. Sorry to hear it. We launched at Winthrop last year, it was a terrible ramp although it was low tide at the time.
I realize this may not help, but have you considered going north?
Beverly/Salem?
Granite pier in Rockport is nice for the smaller boats and pretty easy.
Good luck!
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Originally Posted by pgkeating View Post
I can just see a "T" tow truck driver hooking up to a truck/trailer combo and towing it away....

Was any reason given for the fencing off of the area? Absolutely nothing shows up on Google.....
The ''T'' should worry about their primary mission because they suck at it.I'm with Charlie Baker and privatize the shit out of the industry...........
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Another year and the lot is still closed. However it is almost empty now. I'm hoping they're getting ready to reopen it, but somehow I doubt it. I'm going out tomorrow (sunday evening) and I guess I'll try parking at the Wellington lot. It's a long walk back but what can you do.
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Originally Posted by l008com View Post
Another year and the lot is still closed. However it is almost empty now. I'm hoping they're getting ready to reopen it, but somehow I doubt it. I'm going out tomorrow (sunday evening) and I guess I'll try parking at the Wellington lot. It's a long walk back but what can you do.
I was talking to some jet skiers last week and we have a local LEO at the club. He suggested over behind stop and shop. still a long walk... but maybe another option.
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Originally Posted by PERSISTENCE_22 View Post
I was talking to some jet skiers last week and we have a local LEO at the club. He suggested over behind stop and shop. still a long walk... but maybe another option.
That's pretty sketchy behind there to be honest. One time last year I did park in front of the pet supply store, to the right of dunkin donuts. I parked closets to the street, furthest away from the buildlings, and I made sure I only took up two spots. Also it was night and the lot was dead. And I brought a bike with me so I could pedal back and forth. That walk back and forth is going to add a lot of time to this trip.
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Lynn - You just have to pay off the homeless with some of the fish you caught.

Weymouth Neck - Nice access to the islands, but you have to go thru Boston.
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